The Dig, a beautiful watch you shouldn't miss
Back with another great movie I enjoyed yesterday on Netflix.
A movie about a looming world war. A movie about an archaeological discovery of great historical significance. A movie about human relationships. A movie about the meaning of life, death and the related philosophical bs. So many themes, all beautifully woven together.
Meet The Dig, a historical drama about the discovery of the Sutton Hoo treasures:
An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938. source
Sutton Hoo is the site of two early medieval cemeteries dating from the 6th to 7th centuries near the English town of Woodbridge. Archaeologists have been excavating the area since 1938, when a previously undisturbed ship burial containing a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artefacts was discovered. The site is important in establishing the history of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia as well as illuminating the Anglo-Saxons during a period which lacks historical documentation. source
Of course many creative liberties are taken, don't expect 100 % accuracy.
Generally I prefer fast paced movies, in this case though the story is told in a really slow yet captivating way. I truly enjoyed every second of it. The fact I am a fan of archaeology certainly played a part. This, and the amazing job the actors did in their roles. Especially Ralph Fiennes who nailed the role of the amateur yet talented archaeologist who finally gets a chance to rise above his snob professional peers and even gain their respect.
The movie has an average rating of 7.0 on IMDb but fuck that. An easy 9 from me. Give it a watch, maybe you won't love it as much as I did but you will surely enjoy it.